Monday, April 6, 2020 Enough “Whom have I in heaven but You? And besides You, I desire nothing on earth.” Psalm 73:25
The Heartbeat Of God, page 116
For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from You, but the world” 1 John 2:16.
I think most of us are guilty of wanting more than what we have. We live in a society where we are being bombarded with ads containing the latest, greatest, new thing that tries to convince us we cannot live without. We constantly see people on social media that look better, have more money which buys more things, take better vacations, and seemingly have better behaved families than we do. We are being reminded in one way or another that we neither have enough nor are enough. I like to call it the “more/better”. No matter who you are or what you have you can ALWAYS find someone who has more/ better than you…as defined by the world. Try as we may, this wayward path of seeking to be “enough" on our own leaves us empty. This causes our hearts to be sick and leaves us bitter. All the while we have been seeking this worldly fulfillment, we have come up empty handed.
The truth is we are not enough on our own. When our own devices have failed, we come to the cross naked with nothing more to offer than our sinful selves. We are seeking the One that can actually do something for us. He is the only One to fill us and He alone is our portion. He is the place we find that satisfaction we have desperately been seeking. He is enough and in Him, we are enough.
This is the beginning of Holy Week. As we push towards a different looking Easter Sunday let’s take some of our isolation time to meditate on a few things. Think about what our lives look like with and without Jesus. Think of your life without Jesus and play that out factoring in these current circumstances. Where would your fear and anxiety level be? What would your confinement look like with those you live with? Where would you put your hope if you or a loved one was critically ill in the hospital? Would you and your ways be enough? These are sobering thoughts yet there are many out there whose reality is a life without Jesus. Now think of how marvelous it is that you have Jesus and all that entails. Do you think others would be interested in hearing about another way of life that offers a different kind of hope now and forever? The good news is that the Good News can be shared right from your living room couch and Easter may be the perfect time to do such. Everyone is invited to the cross and anyone can come just as they are. Jesus is indeed enough for all and I pray this particular Easter season people might be hungrier than ever to hear this story of a Savior big enough for ALL.
“For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, declares the Lord. For as the heavens are higher that the earth, so are My ways higher than your thoughts” Isaiah 55:8-9.
For further reading :1John 2:16; Isaiah 51:3; Ephesians 2:4-5
God, You are enough and how grateful we are! Alone we can get ourselves in such a mess, no matter how capable and confident we are. Yes, because of the blood You shed, we are alive and can rejoice in each and every day. You offer a future that cannot be found anywhere else. Let the joy we feel with You overflow to others we touch- even from afar. Reveal Yourself to those who are living life void of You. May they see Your light in us. With You our cups go from empty to full, from poor to rich, from death to life. God You are enough! Amen